One of my favorite ways to incorporate turmeric into my diet this time of year is through this hot and sweet, zesty and vinegary recipe!
Fire Cider is a popular herbal folk remedy promoted for its capabilities to boost the immune system. The tasty combination of vinegar infused with herbs is an especially pleasant and easy way to boost natural health processes, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.
Also, as it’s the time of year when colds, flu and other respiratory concerns start to flourish, Fire Cider can be a wonderful preventative measure. And let’s face it, natural preventative measures are always best for supporting one’s immune system. Many natural preventatives, such as Fire Cider, can also support your body’s natural healing process should a cold or the flu attack.
There are plenty of other herbs that can be thrown into Fire Cider for an added kick, but the standard base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers. I always put turmeric in my Fire Cider, for it’s many health benefits.
Fire Cider can be taken by the spoonful, added to organic veggie juice, added to fried rice, or drizzled on a salad with a good cold-pressed olive oil. The strained pulp can be saved and mixed with shredded veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and fresh herbs to make delicious and aromatic stir-fries and spring rolls! The consensus is that 1 tbsp each morning is good for preventative measures. 3 tbsp daily is suggested when one feels a cold coming on.
HOMEMADE TURMERIC FIRE CIDER RECIPE
1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root
1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
1 medium organic onion, chopped
10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
2 Tbsp. of dried rosemary leaves
1 Tbsp. organic turmeric powder
1/4 tsp. organic cayenne powder
organic apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of raw local honey, or to taste
Prepare your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart-sized glass jar. If you've never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus-opening experience!
Pour the apple cider vinegar in the jar until all of the ingredients are covered and the vinegar reaches the jar's top.
Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well.
Store in a dark, cool place for a month and remember to shake daily.
After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquidy goodness as you can from the pulp while straining.
Next comes the honey. Add and stir until incorporated.
Taste your cider and add more honey until you reach the desired sweetness.